Kanye West delivered a lengthy rant on Sunday night while accepting the 2015 Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. What might have gone down in history as the longest acceptance speech in awards show history, included a diss to MTV and the announcement of a presidential candidacy.
Taylor Swift presented Yeezy with the coveted award and drew reference to the infamous 2009 encounter when West bombarded the stage as she accepted the award for Best Female Video. That very moment became the conversation piece surrounding Yeezy’s speech. “First of all thank you Taylor in being so gracious and giving me this award this evening,” Ye started after receiving a stellar standing ovation.
West continued, “I think about when I’m in the grocery store with my daughter and I have a really great conversation about fresh juice … and at the end they say, ‘oh you’re not that bad after all.’ It crosses my mind sometimes like when I go to a baseball game and 60,000 boo me. If I had a daughter at the time, would I have gone on stage and grabbed the mic from someone else.”
“The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is I do fight for artists, but in that fight I somehow was disrespectful to artists,” the 37-year-old said, “I didn’t know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing.”
And then, Yeezy managed to hit MTV (the folks giving him the award) with a major diss. “I’m not no politician bro … You know how many times MTV ran that footage again because it got them more ratings. Do you know how many times they announced Taylor was going to give me the award because it got them more ratings,” he said. “I still don’t understand these award shows. I don’t understand how they get five people who work their entire life, one sale records, sell concert tickets to come, stand on a carpet and for the first time in their life be judged on a chopping block and have the opportunity to be considered a loser.”
The rapper then ended the rambling speech by announcing his presidential candidacy in 20/20. “And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
Drop the mic.